Another day, another lineup
Reds fans seem to complain a lot this season about Dusty Baker’s constantly changing lineup, which is something I really don’t understand. Obviously, running the same eight players out every day is preferred by most managers — when their team is 100 percent healthy.
Considering the Reds haven’t had their entire regular lineup healthy except for 10 games this year — mixing and matching has been pretty much a neccessity, especially when scoring runs hasn’t come easy.
By the way, today is Baker’s 60th different lineup in 77 games this season.
Several players got days off, notably Jay Bruce and Ramon Hernandez — although the manager had a different take on that.
“You can look at it as a couple of guys getting days on,” Baker said. “We’re trying to do the best we can down this stretch here trying to win every game.”
This marked Chris Dickerson’s first start in right field this season and it came against a left-handed starter in Doug Davis. At the beginning of the season, seeing Dickerson start vs. a lefty would have been more stunning. He’s batting .217 vs. lefties overall.
“Dickerson is hot and he’s been hitting lefties pretty good,” Baker said. “Janish has been playing a lot more than he has been. Gomes has been hot, especially against lefties (.417 vs. LHP). It gives me quite a few options off the bench. When you’re off, you’re not really off. You’re on call.”
Hernandez didn’t mind getting a break even though he came into today batting .421 (8-for-19) during a five-game hitting streak.
“It’s always good when you’re rested,” Hernandez said. “We have a really good catcher that can play and does his job very well. So definitely, when they give you a day like that, you know he’s going to do the best also.”
Hernandez hit a leadoff double in the fifth inning on Wednesday and didn’t slide into second base on a pretty close play. He runs slowly to begin with but he appeared to be really laboring on the bases.
“He hadn’t been catching much and all of sudden he’s bending down again,” Baker said. “He’s had a little nagging knee and wrist [injuries]. Ramon is going to give you all he’s got. It may not look like it but he is.”
There’s a reason Hernandez didn’t slide, and it didn’t involve any injury.
“I just tripped, it’s funny stuff,” Hernandez said. “I was cramping a little bit but that’s it.”
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